I am a guidance counselor in a school that is located in a borough of New York City. My students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Throughout a typical school day, I counsel students as young as five, and as old as fourteen. I work in a Pre-K through eighth-grade school. The students I work with come from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Many of them are new to our country and are just learning the language. Many of them live in single-parent households. Some of them come from families that have one or more parents in the military. In addition to these challenges, many of them have special needs. Despite the many challenges they face, all children deserve to be rewarded for their positive behaviors and effort throughout the school day.
My school has chosen to implement a positive behavior rewards program. According to their website, "PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from under-represented groups." All of our students are learning to be responsible, organized, accepting, and safe while they are in school.
Students follow a school-wide matrix, which helps them identify appropriate behaviors necessary for success, throughout their school day.
When one of our staff members sees a student following our matrix, they are rewarded with a "PBIS" dollar. Students can exchange these dollars for real-life rewards!
Currently, our rewards are mediocre. The materials I am requesting will create motivation for the students to follow our school-wide matrix and therefore earn more “dollars.” Items such as a Nintendo Switch provide the much-needed encouragement for students to earn “dollars.” An exciting incentive, such as a Squishy toy or pretty hair bow, will definitely inspire my students to improve their behaviors, both socially and academically. Students eventually exchange their earned dollars for these incentives! We are very excited to implement this program at my school, and want to continue to reward their hard work!
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